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The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

Aims & Scope

New in 2017!

Contention is dedicated to research on social protest, collective action and contentious politics. As a multidisciplinary journal, Contention’s mission is to bridge scholarly divides and promote knowledge exchange across a diverse audience of scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The journal publishes articles by academics and practitioners on topics spanning the full range of social and political contention.

Contention welcomes research articles that expand our knowledge of contentious politics and social protest, as well as novel theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions. The journal also publishes critical review articles, as well as book reviews of new or noteworthy texts. Examples of suitable topics for Contention include but are not limited to:

• Comparative studies of social movements

• Analyses of revolutions or revolutionary waves

• Quantitative research on protest

• Ethnographic and historical analyses of past or present instances of contention

• Social and political theory or methodology

• Sociopsychological analysis of social protest and collective action

• Pedagogical implications of social change

• Legal and economic implications of social movements

• Artistic or literary dimensions of social protest

• In-depth empirical reports on recent protests or social movements

• Movement-writing by practitioners and organizers

Current Issue

Contention 6(1) – Summer 2018


Social Protest and Its Discontents: A System Justification Perspective
Vivienne Badaan, John T. Jost, Danny Osborne, Chris G. Sibley, Joaquín Ungaretti, Edgardo Etchezahar, and Erin P. Hennes

Comic, Tragic, and Burlesque Burkean Responses to Hate: Notes from Counterprotests of Antigay Pickets
Rebecca Barrett-Fox

Digital Activism, Physical Activism: Malta's Front Harsien ODZ
Michael Briguglio

The Silent Spring: Why Pro-democracy Activity Was Avoided in Gulf Nations during the Arab Spring
Charles Mitchell, Juliet Dinkha, and Aya Abdulhamid

How Movements Are Mediated: The Case of the Hungarian Student Network in 2012–2013
Bálint Takács, Sára Bigazzi, Ferenc Arató, and Sára Serdült

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